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Hi-Tec Sports
Industry Sportswear and accessories
Founded 1974
Founder Frank van Wezel
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands[1]
Area served
Key people
Frank van Wezel (Chairman)
Ed van Wezel(CEO)
Products Sportswear, sports equipment
Revenue $250USD million
Number of employees
Parent Cherokee Inc.
Website www.hi-tec.com

Hi-Tec Sports, trading as Hi-Tec,[2] is a privately held[3] producer and distributor of sportswear and accessories, headquartered in the Netherlands.[1]


Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974,[4] in Shoeburyness, Essex, England,[5] by Frank Van Wezel. The company moved its headquarters to Southend-on-Sea,[6] before relocating its head office to Amsterdam.

Hi-Tec Sports USA was started in Modesto, CA in 1978 by Duke and Kathy Jones. They developed the first lightweight hiking boot. This became the main success of Hi-Tec Sports USA. They also developed and named the "Magnum" boot. Duke and Kathy Jones sold Hi-Tec Sports USA to Frank Van Wezel in 1990.

In 1988, the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.[3] Frank van Wezel bought the company back in 2000. It remains privately held.[3]

In 2013, Hi-Tec founder and chairman Frank van Wezel, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Anglia Ruskin University.[7]


In 2012, Hi-Tec's V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe boot received a Which? Best Buy Walking Boot award.[8]

Hi-Tec's ZUUK trainer shoe was awarded Footwear Product of the Year 2013 at The Great Outdoors Awards.[9]

The UK based Hi-Tec office was announced Sports Footwear Brand of the Year 2014[10] and Outdoor Footwear Company of the Year 2013 at the Footwear Industry Awards.[11]